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With the presence of the President of the Nation, Alberto Fernández, on Thursday of last week the Government announced the launch of the construction of the Néstor Kirchner Gas Pipeline. The event was held at YPF’s Loma Campana site in Vaca Muerta, in the province of Neuquén, and this is the territory where local deputies are now promoting the name change of the work to that of former governor Felipe Sapag. “Why do we have to silently accept that the National Government ideologically monopolizes a work that transports our natural resources?”, they raised in the foundations of the project. The arguments of Maximiliano Caparroz, president of the Neuquén Popular Movement (MPN) bloc.
Alberto Fernández together with Governor Omar Gutiérrez (MPN) announced the launch of the construction of the Néstor Kirchner Gas Pipeline
Specifically, it is a communication project that will be presented by local deputies to the Honorable Legislature of the Province of Neuquén. “Requests the National Executive Power to designate with the name of ‘Governor Felipe Sapag’ the first stage of the recently announced gas pipeline, to be built between Treatyén (in the province of Neuquén) and Salliqueló (Province of Buenos Aires)”, specifies the text official in its “Article 1°.
“It is a communication project, it is not a bill, because that is the power of the National Congress, for which we cannot legislate in that sense. Yes, ask them to consider changing the name in the section indicated by the project, ”the president of the local MPN block told Infobae.
“Today Neuquén is an energy beacon and due to its history, in addition to what it implies in the national energy balance and what it will imply in the future in the development of the country, we believe it is fair that it be called Felipe Sapag without detriment to the former President. Néstor Kirchner, who had little to do with Vaca Muerta at the time,” added Maximiliano Caparroz.
“Vaca Muerta emerged in 2010 with the work of Governor Sapag and the presidency of Cristina Kirchner, for which the name does not have much to do with it beyond recognizing the former President, which is very good. But we believe that, at least, the section that will pass through Neuquén soil, bears the name of the former governor for what it meant in the province. That is the sense of the project”, insisted the head of the ruling party in deputies of the province.
The communication project in question, in its arguments, points to the current name by which the gas pipeline is known: “Without a doubt, numerous merits must be recognized to former President Néstor Kirchner, whose management contributed to the reduction of debt and national progress for some years. ”. And from there, the document sets out a counterpoint: “But we must not forget that it was also Néstor Kirchner who openly supported the privatization of YPF in the 1990s, a decision that has caused us so much anxiety, especially those from Neuquén who lost their jobs. and to the provincial finances that were impoverished”.
Bluntly, at the beginning of the fundamentals, the document states: “Why do we have to silently accept that the National Government ideologically monopolizes a work that transports our natural resources?” Then, he insists: “Is it fair that the Trunk Gas Pipeline that is being announced with great fanfare bears the name of former President Néstor Kirchner?”
With regard to what the fundamentals raise about the figure of the former President, Caparroz pointed out: “The privatization of YPF at the time brought many problems to Neuquén, because there were many companies that depended on that public company. It was a milestone economically against in the central area of the province, which was plunged into a very important economic crisis. Only now is it wanting to resurface again. This also has to be counted, because they are not all good. Today Vaca Muerta is a record in its day-to-day production and the province is being differentiated in its income thanks to this, but we have also had a bad time with YPF.”
The President and the local Governor
Omar Gutiérrez, the governor of the province and MPN referent, was sitting next to the President of the Nation last Thursday, when the launch of the works on the Gas Pipeline was announced. In this sense, in his words, Caparroz sought to separate the provincial president from this initiative: “We are very hopeful with the work. Argentina desperately needs to improve its energy balance so as not to pay more for what is imported. It is very good for the National Government to carry out this work, which is why you will always find people from Neuquén supporting any President who wants to carry out works as important in the province as this gas pipeline. What we ask for comes more from the ruling party, which is the Neuquén Popular Movement, in which its large number of affiliates expressed by way of clamor before the political authorities that we ask the Nation to consider changing the name of the section that corresponds to Neuquen.
Then, he insisted: “We are asking for it for the people of Neuquén, for the pioneers, for the ruling party for almost 60 years and to recognize its founder in the province, who was Don Felipe Sapag. This is more a partisan issue than general government policy.”
The communication project will be officially presented in the last week of May in the local Legislature and bears the signatures of the deputies Maximiliano Caparroz, Germán Chapino, María Laura Du Plessis, Ludmila Gaitán, Lorena Abdala, José Ortuño López, Javier Rivero, María Fernanda Villone and Liliana Murisi, from the MPN; in addition to Fernando Gallia (New Neuquén), Andrés Peressini (Always), Carina Riccomini (Together), Francisco Rols (FRIN) and Carlos Sánchez (Popular Union).
“In May it will take a parliamentary state and then it will go to the commission so that it has the pertinent debate and if we have the accompaniment, we will take it out in the first sessions of June. If it is approved, the communication of the form of the Legislature of the province will be made to the National Government directly informing of the communication. Afterwards, it will be up to the President to see fit to consider changing the name of a decision that would be very well taken by all the people of Neuquén,” said Deputy Caparroz.
The project and its foundations
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